There are certain things we just don't talk about in public. Sex, politics & religion are often found at the top of this taboo list. Anytime we speak of them in mixed company we risk crossing a line. And we don't want to cross that line, now do we? But some folks aren't the least bit worried about crossing the line. They do it all the time. The problem with this, as I see it, is that those that have no trouble crossing the line are the ones that we really never wanted to hear from in the first place. So their voices are the only ones that get heard. And they sound louder than they really are because the rest of us are silent (myself included).
Think about it for a moment.
Whose voices do you hear?
More importantly, whose voices are our children hearing?
Once they turn on the tv. Once they go on Facebook. Once they check Snapchat. Once they leave the house.
I think it's time we cross the line. It's time we thoughtfully and respectfully begin to talk about these subjects.
Because they are important.
Because they are not being talked about properly.
And because our children are listening.
My daughter is only eleven years old and she knows what the word rape means. She knows that oftentimes girls are made to feel as if it is their fault because they dress too "provocatively" or act too "friendly." And she already knows that this is bullshit! How do I know? Because we talked about it just yesterday in the car.
My daughter is only eleven years old and she is already asking why we have a two party system. She thinks it sucks. Based on what she sees on tv, why wouldn't she think that? Both sides hate each other. Neither side listens to the other. And each week there is a new skit on SNL that is funny but not really informative.
My daughter is only eleven years old and religious intolerance makes her sad. Like my wife and I, she has her beliefs and she keeps them close to her vest. But like my wife and I, she is accepting of those that think differently than her. It doesn't upset her that people all over the world practice different religions. She's cool with that.
I think it's time we all take a long hard look at the line we never thought of crossing. And then I think we need to notice who has already crossed the line. Finally, we need to ask ourselves;
Should they be the only voice on this subject or do I have something to say too.
Let's cross that line